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Nutritional supplements and cancer prevention

We present part 1 of a ground-breaking article by Professor Madhwa Raj (USA), who helped to develop a super-cocktail of six natural compounds found in everyday foods that has been shown to kill breast cancer cells, without having toxic side effects on healthy cells. In part 1 of his interesting article Professor Raj covers the history of plant-based supplements and their antioxidant properties.Nutritional supplements have been widely used in ancient Indian medicine (Ayurvedic medicine), and Chinese herbal medicine to alleviate acute diseases (ranging from wounds, aches and pains to fever) and chronic diseases (ranging from obesity, diabetes, infertility to cancer).  Indeed, a number of modern pharmaceutical drugs have such plant compounds as precursors and were developed by synthesizing compounds through alteration in the structure of natural compounds to increase their specificity and ability to prevent or cure a given disease”. In this first of his two-part article he specifically discusses the actions of ‘antioxidants’ and goes on to explain why some normal cells become cancerous.

Desk job health Man assisting woman in computer room

We continue from issue 19 with part 2 of Dr. Ben Kim’s (Canada) tips on how to maintain optimum health whilst spending long hours in front of your computer. In the first article he focused on exercises for different parts of the body. Part two takes a close look at how you can nutritionally support all of the regions of your body as you log regular hours at your computer. He begins by explaining in some detail how our circulatory system works and the importance of consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants – “antioxidants are able to neutralize free radicals. Once free radicals are neutralized by antioxidants, they become harmless and are eventually eliminated from your body.”

Dr Kim points out that “antioxidants that are taken in synthetic nutritional supplement form will not offer you protection against disease. In fact, they may actually increase your risk of developing health problems.” He provides a list of foods that contain antioxidants.

Bad BreathPreventing Halitosis

Naturopath Catherine Stack (USA) covers the sensitive topic of bad breath. Many people are unaware that they suffer from halitosis, a condition that can have many causes other than garlic or onion consumed at the last meal – “most people suffering from bad breath have issues that lie far deeper than the oral cavity.”   She explains what some of these causes can be and offers several useful remedies to address halitosis.

Sexuality and sexual wellness in the ageing male  Sleepy Seniors

Sexual therapist Dr. Shannon Chavez (USA) continues her discussion on sexuality as we age (In Issue 19 she dealt with females) and offers encouragement to those men who might be feeling as though their value as a sexual being is over by a certain age. She is quick to point out that “as we age our sexuality grows and expands and can be an opportunity to explore different aspects of sexual needs and get past sexual concerns without shame. Sex has no age limit. With the proper guidance, men can enjoy sexuality throughout their lifespan and integrate sexual health into overall health and well-being.” Dr. Chavez cites the sorts of physical challenges that men might face as they age and which can impact their sex lives, offering a positive message- “Sexual activity is good for your health. It has both psychological and physical benefits including reducing stress, improving sleep, cardiovascular function and reducing depression.”

Glutamine an amazing amino acid!
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Dr Sandra Cabot (Australia) considers glutamine to be the most amazing amino acid in the body. “The health benefits of glutamine include  immune system regulation, protection against free radicals and toxins, muscle preservation, support of intestinal health, reduction of injuries, and much more.” Dr. Cabot lists the many functions and health benefits of glutamine and explains the foods that are the best sources of this amino acid.

Yoga – what it can and can’t do for you  Yoga

We take an in-depth look at the ancient practice of yoga, a popular form of relaxation that originated in the East but is now widely practiced in Western cultures. “Yoga is the sixth most commonly used complementary health practice among adults in the US. Many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. In addition, they may be addressing specific health conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety.”

Through the NCCAM (USA) we learn what the science says about yoga.

New Nordic diet

Depositphotos_28461727_originalObesity is a world-wide problem, no longer confined to the developed world. Governments have recognized that poor diet and excess weight in adults and children is placing unprecedented strain on resources as health problems associated with obesity increase. Professor Arne Astrup (Denmark) and his team have come up with an approach to combat childhood obesity. They call it the New Nordic Diet and explain it as “a diet based on regional food that bridges gastronomy, health, and sustainability, and that will also be available to those segments of the population who suffer most from nutritionally related lifestyle diseases….. who normally do not exhibit an interest in gastronomic cooking. NND is not only a weight loss diet but it could be a contributing factor to weight loss.” He outlines the dietary guidelines for the NND as well as results of two studies conducted by the team.

Supplements – which ones should you take?

The debate about supplements is a fairly common one these days and often divides the health community, leading to confusion for consumers. The first point that Sherry Brescia (USA) makes in her article is that people should not rely on supplements as a substitute for a poor diet – “First and foremost, a supplement is a supplement, meaning they are meant to be taken in addition to a healthy diet— not used as a replacement for a healthy diet or worse yet, taken to undo the effects of a continuing bad diet!” She describes some factors that might warrant nutritional supplementation and has a list of six nutrients that she feels are the most important for good health.

Earthing  the heart of the earth

Never heard of it? Naturopathic doctor Emily Kane (USA) explains this age-old concept which is not as far-fetched as it might sound.  It’s simple and free and involves a very literal interpretation of being more ‘down-to-earth’. Dr. Kane cites the health benefits associated with earthing and reveals that  “a variety of medical professionals (cardiologists, anaesthesiologists, endocrinologists) and athletes (mostly famously Tour de France cyclists) began experimenting with walking barefoot on the ground, or sleeping on “grounding” pads as part of their prescription for improved athletic endurance, recovery and overall wellbeing.”

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The Chinese have contributed many things to Western society, including the practice of acupuncture. Many people now seek acupuncture treatment for a variety of health complaints. Dr. Lisa Watson (Canada) explains how this form of medicine can be applied in pregnancy to alleviate discomfort. “Acupuncture can be used safely in pregnancy to relieve negative symptoms and increase overall health and wellbeing.” She takes us through each trimester, as well post-delivery, and explains the instances in which acupuncture can be beneficial.

Recipes

We bring you three more delicious recipes from Dr. Ben Kim (Canada), with video links to step-by-step descriptions.

Video – snoring

Our video and transcript this month tackles the issue of snoring. Naturopath  Todd Caldecott (USA) interviews a couple whose lives, and marriage, have been negatively impacted by snoring. His drug-free solution has positive results.

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